As you, our listeners, know, this week is the Children's Hospital radiothon. Have you heard some of the latest in terms of what we will see when it is all finished? The 400 thousand square foot building is 75% complete. And some of the biggest innovations are in the inner workings. It's things like a baby in each room with what could be described as a patio door between the two. MUCH quieter for the babies, much more privacy for the families and much easier for the nurses to provide care.
My great nephew has Tetrology of Fallot - essentially he had four defects in his heart and his kidneys also came with significant challenges. I have spent a fair bit of time in NICU and in peds at RUH while he was either awaiting surgery in Edmonton or having surgery in Saskatoon. The latest round was just a few months ago and my niece had to sleep on a mattress on the floor beside his bed. That is all going to change and the changes are incredible. The exam rooms are pods - frog pod, fox pod, moose pod. There is floor to ceiling artwork throughout the hospital. It is all nature themed and designed to not be too cartoonish but appealing to ages from brand new person to a person on the verge of young adulthood. This may not be the nuts and bolts but it matters when spending the time, some of those kids spend, in hospital. There is an area for siblings to go to play that is supervised and secure. There is imaging like MRI and catscan a stone's throw from emergency. There is of course the ability to land a helicopter and the ambulance bay holds four ambulances plus it can accomodate the special pediatrics ambulance. My nephew turned 4 not too long ago and he is doing great and we as a family are thankful every day for the care available in Saskatchewan. But I am extraordinarily excited and grateful for this incredible undertaking that will soon come to fruition in our province; the Jim Pattison Children's Hospital.